Health Canada Privacy Blunder Undermines New Medical Cannabis Program
MONTREAL, Nov. 22, 2013
"…when Health Canada is not dragging their feet.. they are shooting
holes in them."
MONTREAL, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of
Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) is outraged about Health Canada
identifying 40,000 medical cannabis patients and producers by sending
them correspondence with "Marihuana Medical Access Program" in the
return address, contrary to their standard procedure.
"This privacy breach violates patient rights and undermines Health
Canada's attempts at reforming their medical cannabis program," said
Adam Greenblatt, CAMCD president. "If Health Canada is trying to
instill confidence in a mail-order distribution system for medical cannabis, they are not off to a good start."
The correspondence in question contained informational materials about
the reasons behind Health Canada's regulatory reform, which ironically
includes an increased risk of home invasion for patients who grow their
own medical cannabis.
"Patients are already very concerned that their personal medical
information will be turned over to police and realtors when Health Canada revokes their permits next year," continued
Greenblatt. "These patients are accustomed to producing their own
supply or accessing a storefront medical cannabis dispensary, yet both
options are prohibited under Health Canada's new regime."
"The statement from the Deputy Minister of Health does nothing to repair
the harms inflicted on this vulnerable patient population by the
government," said Greenblatt. "Sadly, it seems that when Health Canada
is not dragging their feet on this issue, they are shooting holes in
CAMCD was established to promote a regulated, community-based approach
to medical cannabis access, and to support dispensaries in providing
the highest quality patient care.